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Obama 2, Fenty -2

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that he is losing city administrator Dan Tangherlini to the Obama administration.

Tangherlini is going to the U.S. Treasury Department as Assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief performance officer.

He's the second member of Fenty's cabinet to join the president's team. In March, the city's chief technology officer, Vivek Kundra, became the Obama administration's chief information officer.

Tangherlini, former interim general manager of Metro, has been running the city since Fenty took office in 2006. Tangherlini was not as visible at press events as past city administrators, but Fenty's staff knew him as the man who ran the day-to-day operations of the city.

Neil Albert, currently deputy mayor for economic development, will become the new city administrator, Fenty said at a city hall news conference this afternoon.

The administration also is losing Will Singer, chief of budget execution, who is enrolling in law school at Northwestern University in the fall.

The two departures mark a new era for Fenty's first term as he gears up for his reelection next year. He is increasingly criticized for poor relations with the D.C. Councill and is now struggling with the city's $800 million deficit.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 15, 2009; 5:43 PM ET
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Obama  
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What a loss to the City! Tangherlini is the best. Metro lost him thru carelessness when they dithered around and wouldn't make him permanent even tho the citizenry and Dr. Gridlock said he was the greatest thing since sliced bread! Glad the new administration is getting the benefits of his excellent talents.

Posted by: commonsense101 | May 15, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Tangherlini and Singer are bailing out just in time. I wouldn't want to take the fall for such a mayor as embarrasing as this one.

Posted by: starclimber9 | May 15, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree with commonsense about the big loss of Tangherlini, but how does the other guy going to law school earn Obama a point? The byline should be Obama 1, Fenty -2.

Posted by: dcsween | May 15, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'd abandon this sinking ship too. More of his senior leadership are going to be departing soon. Fenty himself has carefully crafted the albatrose that he currently sports around his neck. He was the one who so many invested so much local hope in. He has become what he decried Anthony Williams of being. Beholden to big money and developers at the EXPENSE of the people. He promised transparancy and we get smoke screens and faux urgency, and then, only when there is a camera around.

He will be an unfortunate ex-mayor.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 15, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe in this new job he will be able to actually act with transparency rather than to fake it like he's forced to under this so-called mayor. He's smart to get another job. If the people act, he'd be out of this one in 2010 anyway.

Posted by: candycane1 | May 15, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Tangherlini will run for Mayor next year, with Obama's endorsement.

Just a dream, of course, but if the US can elect a black president, maybe DC is ready for a white mayor.

Posted by: efavorite | May 15, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

sween, the headline was probably referring to vivek kundra as one point for Obama.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | May 18, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot of DC public school teachers and staff wish he'd take Michelle Rhee with him.

Posted by: chelita | May 19, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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